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Thursday Midday (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-January-2013  12:45:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Government has a new social media complaints process. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has singled out social network Twitter for not yet signing up to the Federal Government’s new complaints handling process for major social networking sites, in a speech this morning pointing out that rival companies such as Facebook and Google had already done so.

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner is having a bumpy start to its life, with Japanes airlines grounding their fleets. Japan's two leading airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s on Wednesday after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing, heightening safety concerns over a plane many see as the future of commercial aviation. All Nippon Airways said it was grounding all 17 of its 787s and Japan Airlines said it was suspending all flights scheduled for departure on Wednesday. The two carriers operate around half of the 50 Dreamliners delivered by Boeing to date.

A few people sent in this guy who outsourced his own job to China so he could slack off, with more info here. A security audit of a US critical infrastructure company last year revealed that its star developer had outsourced his own job to a Chinese subcontractor and was spending all his work time playing around on the internet.

There's a new crowdsourcing project to explore Mars, with discussion here. We need your help to find and mark ‘fans’ and ‘blotches’ on the Martian surface. Scientists believe that these features indicate wind direction and speed. By tracking ‘fans’ and ‘blotches’ over the course of several Martian years to see how they form, evolve, disappear and reform, we can help planetary scientists better understand Mars’ climate.

Facebook have a new Graph Search feature, in limited rollout at the moment. Still, there were demonstrations of just how useful this new feature could be and it looked much smarter and intuitive than the existing search box which does little more than find your friends. You could search for "people who like fencing and live in Palo Alto" or "films my friends like" or "restaurants recommended in New York".

A Belgian woman set out to drive 61km from home, but thanks to blindly following her GPS, ended up 1500km away in Croatia. She passed traffic signs in different languages and stopped to refuel her car several times and get some sleep, but didn't stop to question the TomTom sat-nav until 60 hours later when she realised she may not be in Belgium anymore.

Today's timewaster is Stepping Stones, from TheWedgie.

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